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Pick up some safety tips from The Drexel Heights Fire District.

Drexel Heights Fire District is celebrating its 13th annual “Senior Safety Academy” this year. This program is free and includes specialized safety training for older adults plus a closer look at the local fire department and the services it provides. Program participants will receive not only important information, they will also receive free safety resources for their home.

Older adults 55 and older are at risk for home fires and falls. The Senior Safety Academy will provide education and free resources related to home fire safety and fall prevention to combat these issues. The district is very excited to offer such an engaging program for the older adult residents of the community. 

Each academy session consists of four classes. During the academy, participants will meet fire officials, learn about the history of the organization and receive a tour of one of the fire stations. A fire safety class covers topics such as smoke alarms, kitchen safety, heating your home and fire extinguishers. Participants will get to use a real home fire extinguisher. 

Another class is on fall prevention and will be taught by a member of the Pima Council On Aging. This fall proofing class will educate participants on how to improve their balance systems and how to prevent falls at home. And yet another class topic includes guest speakers from Pima County Sheriff’s Department on scams that target older adults and Pima Council on Aging talking about medication safety.

The classes are conducted during a 2.5 hour session each week for a total of four weeks. All of the classes will be located in the training facility next to DHFD Fire Station #401, at 5030 S. Camino Verde (Ajo and Camino Verde). There is no fee for the Senior Safety Academy but a completed registration form is required to hold a participants spot. Registration forms can be picked up at Drexel Heights Fire District’s Administration Center (5030 S. Camino Verde) or completed online at department’s website drexelfire.org/senior-safety-academy.html.

For program questions call Drexel Heights Fire District at 883-4341. Upcoming academy dates are as follows: Academy Session 2020-1 (Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to noon): Jan. 7 and 14.

Academy Session 2020-2 (Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to noon): Feb. 5 and 12.

The Drexel Heights Fire District Board meets on the third Friday of each month at 9 a.m. in the training classroom next to Station # 1, located at 5030 S. Camino Verde. The public is encouraged to attend. 

Tracy Koslowski is the Drexel Heights Fire District Public Education/Information Manager.

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